And that's exactly what I said, it's a way for people with too much money to have something to spend it on.
And yes, that applies to Van Gogh too, or any other art piece. We give something a certain value, it's not intrinsic to an object. Show Mona Lisa to an average European who knows what it is, and he'll tell you it's worth hundreds of millions. Show it to a villager who survives by farming and isn't exposed to such things, and he'll tell you a sack of potatos is more worthy to him then that painting that he can't do nothing with but maybe use to make a fire to cook his meal on.
So don't take it personally and understand that we as society create certain perceptions, but never forget that it means nothing to people who aren't exposed to the same things we are.
Even Thomas the Tank Engine gatherers have a sense of beauty and thus of art. Even prehistoric peoples and some animals decorate. Art is inbedded in human nature. But off course it is also culture relative.
There is no such thing as 'intrinsic value'. All value is subjective to certain individuals. Some people would not value the sack of potatoes or any other food for that matter, because they do not value life. Suicidal people..
If I had the money in my wallet I would buy this classic and paint it blue.
Why are you even going to bother with him? He doesn't even know what he's talking about.